lundi 18 septembre 2017

35th anniversary of "Secret Love" by José!!!

Photo by Govert de Roos - thanks Co Rnz and Jos Theuns

35 years ago exactly, "Secret Love" by José Hoebee entered the Dutch Top 40 at #24 and later became a hit single in the Netherlands and Belgium. 1982 was a fabulous year in the solo career of José. One year after Luv's break-up, the singer scored a #1 hit with her cover version of "I Will Follow Him" (see article posted on July 2nd, 2017). The follow-up single "Secret Love" was also popular. José's recipe for success was to perform American classic hits from the 1950s and 1960s. Indeed, the artist was nicknamed "the cover queen".

Song History

Secret Love was a song originally performed by Doris Day in the film "Calamity Jane" in 1953. The track was written by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster. It received an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1954. It reached the number one spot on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in the USA. The record was also a chart topper in the UK. Many international recording artists (including Connie Francis, Kim Weston & Marvin Gaye, Freddy Fender, George Michael, Viola Wills, Mandy Moore, Engelbert Humperdinck and K.d Lang) covered the song. 

Release and production

Secret Love was released as a 7-inch 45 rpm record by CNR/Carrere Records in September 1982 with the country track "Mr Jones" on the B-side. It was later included on José's first solo album "The Good Times" that came out in late 1982 and on her compilation "Alle Hits & Unieke Bonustracks" (released by WVS Music in 2005). 

Pim Koopman (formerly of Dutch band Kayak and producer of the iconic sister duo "Maywood") supervised the recording sessions of the song. British singer July Forsyth (member of "Guys 'n Dolls" between 1974 and 1985) recorded the backing vocals. Renowned photographer Govert de Roos took a beautiful picture of José for the front cover of the single. 


  • A side: Secret Love ( Webster, Fain) - 3:04
  • B side: Mr. Jones (W. Helmus) - 3:06

Produced by Pim Koopman for  Purple Eye Productions B.V.
Marketed and distributed by  B.V. Grammofoonplatenmaatschappij CNR
Management: Interlinde Management
Photography by  Govert de Roos

Styling: Stinx - Hilversum - Amsterdam

Recently I asked José to tell me her feelings about ton this classic hit. "After "I Will Follow Him", I was named the "cover queen"...I've always been a fan of Doris Day...My husband, who came up with the idea of recording "I Will Follow Him", thought that "Secret Love" would fit me like a glove. Record producer Pim Koopman chose an uptempo dance-pop orchestration and it worked. I remember performing the song on Tineke de Nooij's show on TV. American actor Howard Keel was a guest on this program. He co-starred with Doris Day in the movie "Calamity Jane" that included "Secret Love". He talked to me very gently," the songstress told. 

Secret Love is always part of José's solo performances to this day. 

Record promotion of Secret Love in the media

José performed the track on several Dutch TV shows:

September 15th, 1982: Nederland Muziekland (Veronica)

September 24th, 1982: Met de TROS de winter door (TROS)

José on "Met de TROS de winter in" - Montage by Co Rnz

October 4th, 1982: Tineke Show (Veronica) 

José on "Tineke Show"

She even performed the song live on NCRV radio program "Los Vast" on October 2nd, 1982.

The youth and musical press (including Hitkrant) published articles about José's single. 

Chart performance

José's version of Secret Love entered the Dutch singles chart on September 18th, 1982 at #24

 Dutch Top 40 published on September 18th, 1982

The hit single later peaked at #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and #14 on the Nationale Hitparade in Holland as well as on #3 on the BRT Top 30 and #4 on the Flemish Ultratop 50 in Belgium. It even reached #19 on the Europarade (a list combining the charts of ten European countries).

To know more about José's first solo releases, please visit Karin's Facebook Page about "The Good Times" era (1982-1983)

Thanks José, Co Rnz, Karin Angeleyes and Jos Theuns for marking this article possible!!!

Photo by Govert de Roos - Montage by Co Rnz

Source: Wikipedia,, Dutchcharts, Facebook

Bibliography: Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie), 2006 by Johan van Slooten published by Gottmer Becht GroepTop 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie), 2006 

jeudi 14 septembre 2017

José's lunch with Marco and David

Earlier today, José Hoebee had a lunch with Luv's personal assistant David Hay Gibson and Marco Rens (with whom I update the Official Luv' Facebook Page) at the restaurant FF Anders in Best, NL. The Luv' ladies can be proud to have these devoted gentlemen as their allies. 

José expressed satisfaction about this meeting on her Facebook page. She was very kind to mention David, Marco and me for our work to promote Luv'. Thank you very much José!!!

Source: Facebook

lundi 4 septembre 2017

José @ Tina Trucker & Friends Artiestenreis Sauerland

José Hoebee will be performing as part of "Tina Trucker & Friends Artiestenreis Sauerland" (an event organized by "On Road Music") from December 10th to December 14th, 2017. 

During a five-day trip, you can enjoy a festive jubilee program including live performances and a TV taping with 15 Dutch artists (among them are Tina Tucker Tina Trucker, Johnny Sleegers, Hessel Wijkstra, Ramon Beense and José Hoebee). You will be accommodated at the All-Inn Schlosshotel in Sauerland, Germany. 

Rate: € 289,00 per person.
Info and booking:

Source: On Road Music, Facebook (Tina Trucker)

lundi 28 août 2017

José on Harderwijk FM

On September 1st, José Hoebee will give a phone interview on "Lost In Music", a radio program on Harderwijk FM which will air at 7.00 pm. The singer will discuss Luv' success abroad and her solo career. A Spanish version of a Luv' single will be played and an excerpt from José on "Showbizzquiz" will be broadcast. 

Website of Harderwijk FM

Source: Facebook (José Hoebee's Fan Page, Harderwijk...)

dimanche 27 août 2017

José's latest news

* On August 22nd, José Hoebee had a lunch at the café-restaurant "Ambacht" in Best, NL with fans/friends Marco Rens, Jos Theuns, Rien Houet, Ine Foudraine, Anton van Stekelenborg-Poirters and her sister Ingrid de Groot

Ingrid, Jos, José, Ine, Marco, Anton and Rien (photo credit: Jos Theuns)

Prior to the lunch, José took part in the filming of a promotional video for an ambitious project "Het Nederlandse Songbook", a music tour featuring Ingrid van Houwelingen and Robin McRay (Anton's stage name). This show will feature an interpretation in Dutch of "Mother of the Hearts", a solo track by José which appeared on Luv's album "Forever Yours" (released in late 1980). On October 6th, 2018 the "Nederlandse Songbook" will premiere at the theatre "De Schalm" in Veldhoven, NL at 8.00 pm. This is an ode to Dutch music. The duo will sing tracks by Ramses Shaffy, Liesbeth List, Robert Long, Wim Sonneveld, Karin Bloemen, Jasperina de Jong, Willeke Alberti, Annie MG. Schmidt, Boudewijn de Groot, Marco Borsato and José Hoebee (Luv'). Classics by international stars like Barbra Streisand and Charles Aznavour will be performed in Dutch as well. 

* On August 23rd, beautiful pictures of José at the country estate "de Utrecht" in Esbeek, North Brabant were posted by one of her friends, Willem van der Velden on Facebook. 

Source: Facebook

dimanche 30 juillet 2017

Interview with José Hoebee on RietmanShow

Jan Rietman

On July 25th, José Hoebee gave a short phone interview on MAX/NPO Radio 5's RietmanShow (hosted by Jan Rietman). The singer (who had the flu) discussed her time with Luv'. "We've been busy for one year and a half in the country. It happened because of booking requests. Marga and me, we enjoy it. Ria Thielsch (who already replaced Patty Brard) joined us. We like what we're doing. There's nothing better than coming to a venue where everybody knows your songs. Our tracks are still played in discos. It's so good that everybody still likes us after 40 years," José explained. 

When asked if Luv' still perform in their legendary outfits, José answered: "No we don't wear the same costumes because we are older. But we have outfits that are different from what we wear when we're in a supermarket. We have to look stunning. We don't sing in tee shirts and blue jeans". 

Luv's classic hit from 1979 "Ooh, Yes I Do" was part of the playlist of the radio program. 

Click here to listen the interview (José appears at 24:31). 

Source: NPO Radio 5

mercredi 26 juillet 2017

José's lunch with fans at the Ambacht (Best)

Yesterday, Luv' singer José Hoebee had a lunch at the café-restaurant "Ambacht" in Best, NL with her fans and friends: Anton van Stekelenborg-Poirters (of Dutch Show Company and organizer of Luv's recent anniversary party), Jos Theuns, Yvonne Bal and Ben Misterb. José's sister, Ingrid, was present as well. 

Here are pictures of this convivial moment (courtesy of Jos Theuns and Yvonne Bal):

 from left to right: Ingrid, José, Jos, Ben, Yvonne and Anton

Source: Facebook